Parliamentary constituencies in the Republic of Ireland

Parliamentary constituencies in the Republic of Ireland
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The lower house of the Oireachtas (Irish parliament), Dáil Éireann, contains 166 Teachtaí Dála (TDs), representing 43 parliamentary constituencies throughout the Republic of Ireland. Depending on its size, each constituency must have at least 3 members and a maximum of five members. The most recent (Census 2006)[1] ratio indicates that there is one TD for every 25,512 people. Elections are held using the single transferable vote form of proportional representation.


Current constituencies

Dáil Éireann constituencies for the 2011 general election.

For the 2011 general election Teachtaí Dála were elected for the following constituencies:

Constituency Seats
Carlow–Kilkenny 5
Cavan–Monaghan 5
Clare 4
Cork East 4
Cork North–Central 4
Cork North–West 3
Cork South–Central 5
Cork South–West 3
Donegal North–East 3
Donegal South–West 3
Dublin Central 4
Dublin Mid–West 4
Dublin North 4
Dublin North–Central 3
Dublin North–East 3
Dublin North–West 3
Dublin South 5
Dublin South–Central 5
Dublin South–East 4
Dublin South–West 4
Dublin West 4
Dún Laoghaire 4
Galway East 4
Galway West 5
Kerry North–West Limerick 3
Kerry South 3
Kildare North 4
Kildare South 3
Laois–Offaly 5
Limerick 3
Limerick City 4
Longford–Westmeath 4
Louth 5
Mayo 5
Meath East 3
Meath West 3
Roscommon–South Leitrim 3
Sligo–North Leitrim 3
Tipperary North 3
Tipperary South 3
Waterford 4
Wexford 5
Wicklow 5

2011 general election

The 2007 report of the Constituency Commission,[2] an independent body established by the Government of Ireland to review constituency boundaries, proposed several changes to Dáil constituencies. These changes were provided for by the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009. In July 2011 the Irish government established a commission to review to the current Dáil and European constituencies.[3]

This table summarises the changes in representation. It does not address revisions to the boundaries of constituencies.

Constituency Created  Seats Change
Dublin West 1981 4 plus 1 seat
Dún Laoghaire 1977 4 minus 1 seat
Kerry North 1937 3 abolished
Kerry North–West Limerick 2011 3 new constituency
Limerick 2011 3 new constituency
Limerick City 2011 4 new constituency
Limerick East 1948 5 abolished
Limerick West 1948 3 abolished
Louth 1923 5 plus 1 seat

There were further boundary changes to 18 constituencies, these were: Cork East, Cork North–Central, Cork North–West, Donegal North–East, Donegal South–West, Dublin North, Dublin North–Central, Dublin North–East, Dublin South, Kerry South, Kildare North, Kildare South, Laois–Offaly, Meath East, Meath West, Roscommon–South Leitrim, Sligo–North Leitrim and Tipperary North.

Historic changes

2007 general election

Dáil Éireann constituencies for the 2007 general election.

In 2004 the report of the Constituency Commission,[4] proposed major changes to Dáil constituencies. Five new constituencies were created under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2005:

  • Longford–Westmeath (4)
  • Meath East (3)
  • Meath West (3)
  • Roscommon–South Leitrim (3)
  • Sligo–North Leitrim (3)

These replaced the four existing constituencies of Longford–Roscommon, Meath, Sligo–Leitrim and Westmeath. These new changes resulted in the creation of a 43rd constituency and the removal of the provincial boundary breach between Leinster and Connacht.

The number of seats was reduced in two constituencies:

Two three-seater constituencies gained an extra seat:

There were further smaller boundary changes to eleven constituencies outside Dublin, these were: Clare, Cork North–West, Cork South–Central, Cork South–West, Donegal North–East, Donegal South–West, Kerry North, Kerry South, Kildare South, Limerick East and Limerick West.

Boundaries for ten of the twelve Dublin constituencies were also revised apart from Dublin South–East and Dún Laoghaire.

2002 general election

1997 general election

1992 general election

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